Kirk S. adds energy to every enterprise by adding clarity and excellence to the content about products and services. He quickly and creatively grasps the technical view and translates it for several audiences: techies, CIOs, marketers, publishers and consumers. He leverages the strengths of print publishing, Web pages, blog posts and presentations, supplementing colorful ideas with relevant and stimulating imagery.
Products for the home, weather, science, health and fitness; creative writing! Software for home or business. Music, film and art. Psychology of family relationships, mental health issues, public safety and social institutions. Current events, foreign policy, consumer and social activism trends. Generating effective and persuasive copy for marketing a product, service or organization's mission.
Along with special projects in psychology, history and philosophy, he studied these disciplines:
- Physics & Astronomy
- Spanish language & literature
- Religious traditions
- Sound design
Also received Minor in Ethnomusicology degree from the Oberlin Conservatory
For production scanning and creative imaging work, he took courses at UNM focused in Adobe software.
As the Technical Editor for the federal agency Indian Health Svc. Div. of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, Kirk S. edited a range of document types from 1000+ page batches of diabetes guidelines (translational medicine) to 200-character Website flash module descriptions -- for an audience of health educators, providers and patients. He improved the style and readability on all the Division’s primary Web pages and sub-pages, added a new flair to print publications such as the Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices, Revised 2011, and created concise, intriguing taglines for many kinds of activities for instant distribution via email blasts, Web-based tools and health grant-related presentations.
Kirk S. worked for a federal government agency in the area of medical translation editing for publication: ensuring that guidelines for medical providers and educators met rigorous standards for clarity, accessibility of format/navigation and informational accuracy. One example of a large document he edited is the Standards of Care and Clinical Practice Recommendations: Type 2 Diabetes from IHS Div. of Diabetes Treatment of Prevention. This publication was 300+ pages in its print form, now distributed primarily as a linked version.
He also edited all 20 publications in the set of Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices, Revised 2011, for rigorous medical translation principles, accessibility and superior navigability features.
To help Triumph Learning manage its content development more effectively, the company designed and built a structured vocabulary relevant for teaching mathematics and English language arts. The taxonomy contains terms reflecting concepts, skills, and learning standards in a hierarchical structure. Kirk S. communicated with the client about project goals, led the editorial and programming teams to achieve them, with close feedback happening at all stages of Phase I - development. He generated program requirements, data syntax specifications and a complex coding scheme, to capture the client's information in structures reflecting term usage and systematic coherence within the data set.
M.A.I. Batch Processing: Published
Kirk S. copyedited and finalized the Batch Processing Guide for this feature, and created the product Web page excerpted here. He is experienced in platforms like WordPress for Website updates: technical, marketing and image content at www.DataHarmony.com for example, Technical View and Products landing pages and sub-pages plus the slideshow taglines at Main.
For all Web copyedits and content creation, Kirk S. ensures correct spelling, punctuation and name conventions, along with consistent capitalization and use of emphasis. Reducing distraction for Web readers is a paramount goal; sticking to the point of material with no errors is a method he employs systematically.
Triumph Learning Taxonomy Development: Delivered the project design, coordinated data input, communications and specified custom export formats. Here's the presentation as delivered to Data Harmony Users Group international conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2013.
Spoiler Alert! His editors and the DataHarmony programmers visualized solutions and combined efforts creatively to make them succeed. Accomplishing taxonomy goals required repeated reconfigurations of the data elements and adaptations to workflow. Multiple software customizations were requested, conceived, and built at the same time as we were producing the taxonomy data sets, synergistically.
Common Core Standards-integrated Taxonomy: Marketing
Kirk S. managed a taxonomy design and development project for supplemental education publisher Triumph Learning, headquartered in New York City. He drafted much of the copy for this press release, and is quoted. A gifted technical writer, Kirk S. coordinated the full publication cycle for the user manuals, project administration guides and software help screen text -- his skills for technical communication are limited to the realm of marketing or userguides; he thrives in both domains.